The judges for the My East End photography competition were:

Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, London. After studying drama and mime in London and Paris, he entered a series of repertory companies and in 1968 formed the London Theatre Group. His plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and in many languages.

Among the many adaptations Steven has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka's Metamorphosis and The Trial, Agamemnon after Aeschylus, Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher and Shakespeare's Coriolanus. He has also appeared in a number of films, including A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Beverley Hills Cop and The Krays, and has published a variety of books on the theatre.

Kate Edwards

Kate Edwards has been the picture editor of the Guardian Weekend magazine since 2002. Prior to the Guardian Kate worked on the Buenos Aires Herald and in photo agencies in both London and Buenos Aires.

She has judged a number of international photo competitions and participated in portfolio reviews at photography festivals around the world.

Gilda O'Neill

Gilda O'Neill was born and brought up in the East End. She left school at fifteen but returned to education as a mature student. She is now a full-time writer and has recently published Rough Justice, her thirteenth novel. She has also had five non-fiction books published including the highly-acclaimed Sunday Times bestsellers, My East End and Our Street. She lives in East London with her husband and family.

Martin Parr

Martin Parr is a British photographer and member of Magnum co-operative - a group of esteemed photojournalists. Has worked on many photographic projects that take a critical look at modern society, specifically consumerism, foreign travel and tourism, motoring, the idea of family and relationships and food.

He has had numerous books published, and exhibitions worldwide, including at the Barbican Centre. He is also an editor and curator and will be the artistic director for the Brighton Photo Biennial to be shown in October 2010.